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Old 05-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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At Bartel Grassland today, I was standing near the edge of one of the temporary ponds in hope of getting a decent shot of a Chorus Frog (never happened, they're more patient than I am, so they just hide until you leave) and noticed little snails on a lot of the dead plant stems from last year. I wonder why they were up out of the water. Maybe breeding? See the photo below.

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Not sure, but it is a great shot.

I had a lot of "land snails" here but they mostly have a golden yellow shell.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #3
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Maybe the water had very recently been higher? In tidal marshes, snails scoot up and down the reeds with the tides, all day long. They seem to like being about 5"-8" above the water level.
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No, actually the ponds had totally dried up during April, then we got almost 4" of rain during the first week of May and the ponds quickly filled up again. The snails were everywhere, more than I've ever seen before.

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